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. and last week alone we saw it from colin powell, brian williams and president obama himself. colin powell went on the sunday show talking about the dark vein of intolerance that was running throughout the republican party. what evidence did he provide for that assertion? we are not left wing. we don't believe in anthropogenic climate change or we don't believe there should be redistribution of wealth or we don't believe in obamacare. if we would just move to the left that would make us not racist. colin powell above all should know how not raise our party is considering selling in our party were considering supporting him despite his liberalism in 1996 for presidential run and secretary of state under president bush obviously, somebody who is treated well by the republican party but that didn't stop him anyway because now colin powell is on the left and that means we are the bad guys. president obama did in his inaugural address just last week also, there's a peculiar line in his speech where he said absolutism is not printable and name calling is not discussion. he then proceeded to spen
the white house calling on president obama to reject the keystone xl tar sands pipeline. we will speak with michael brune and actress daryl hannah, both arrested on wednesday. then to rain, were a teenager has been shot dead by security forces as protesters mark the second anniversary of their pro- democracy uprising. finally, 1 billion rising. >> i just want you to imagine today that when you dance, when you put your bodies on the ground, your feet -- you move your body and soul, that we are literally dancing up the will of the world to end violence against women and girls. >> we will go to congo to speak with eve ensler, founder of 1 billion rising and v day. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in rain, a teenage boy has been killed by security forces during protests marking the second anniversary of the country's pro-democracy uprising. opposition activists said the boy died from shotgun wounds. at least 87 people have died at the hands of security forces in the gulf nation since 2011. despite the cra
basically armageddon. the white house today focused on even more spending. the obama administration releasing the details of a plan to pump 50 billion more tax dollars into a stimulus-like tag -- package aimed at infrastructure as the president's continues blaming the republican party for the sequestered spin its alleged consequences. white house press secretary jay carney actually mocks congress today for being on recess with a deadline looming, telling republicans there is a very simple solution to this sequestration problem. simply capitulate to the president and the democratic party. >> i don't want to make predictions. i would note that congress is up this week, which says something, i suppose. but the fact of the matter is the march 1st deadline is looming. congress has an option, a very simple option, which is to take up the proposals put forth by senate democrats and house democrats. lou: being very helpful to the republican leaders. the problem with this statement is, there is no democratic proposal. the president has not picked up the phone to even begin to initiate or neg
. thank you for being with us. and now just over one week from the obama's cluster taking effect or should i say the unleashing of the sequester. seemingly has his entire administration of full force forecasting horrifying events of the sequester is not stopped, and the president's threat million predicting disaster if the $85 billion in arbitrary spending cuts to is not prevented. we'll respect this president does a man of intellect and immense political acumen, a man of many seasons and parts, but he is also a man of many threats. the president wants to raise more taxes just a weeks after congress agreed to a higher taxes in order to reach agreement if faugh -- he's out pushing the politics of fear, dg his way or disaster. a sequester is a least, the military, he says, will be ready if called upon. the white house says fbi agents will be furloughed along with civilian federal employees. federal prosecutors allegedly will close cases and let criminals run free. air traffic controllers and airport security to be furloughed. thousands of teachers and educators and first responders all laid
the federal government has nothing to do with first responders, teachers, or administrators. the obama white house seems to want us to believe that the streets will be filled with both toddlers and crux, airports will resemble a ghost towns, and the federal government work force will be reduced by about one-third. scary. scary except we have heard all of this before. are very on president. we heard it in the debt ceiling debate. we heard it in the run-up to the fiscal cliff. remember this threaduring the debt ceiling debate back in the summer of 2011? i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we have not resolve this issue because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it. this is not just a matter of social security checks, veterans' check folks on disability and their checks. about 70 million checks that go out. lou: more recently in the linda congressional session in the fiscal. >> debate, president obama issued his threat. >> what has been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. and if people start seeing that on january 1st this problem
in the next hour. >>> imagine that. this tuesday in washington when president obama delivers what some are calling the most important state of the union address of his entire presidency. you'll be sitting in front of the television watching. his advisors say he take on some of our country's most controversial issues including taxes, spending, immigration, and of course, gun control. but he'll need help from congress if he wants to then get it all done. bob kusack is the managing editor of the hill and a good friend of program. good morning, bob. >> good morning. >> how important is this? what's the dinners between this state of the union -- what's the difference between this state of the union and the ones delivered previously? >> this is probably the most important speech of his second term. the time is now for president obama. he's got the political momentum. there's actually some bi-partisanship break out on capitol hill as well as on gun control and immigration. he has to move quickly. he's got the stage, you know. we're not talking about 2016 and about a year from now. we'll be ta
stops right here, because we're definitely looking out for you. >> sean: president obama's pick for next secretary of defense, chuck hagel came under heavy fire during his hearings before the senate armed services committee. they held his feet to the fire and they asked him tough questions about his past controversial comments including anti-semitic positions. watch this. >> he said the jewish lobby, a lot of people i'm a united states senator. this pressure makes us do dumb things at times. you said the jewish lobby should not have been used and some other term. name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israel lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first. >> name one. >> i don't know. >> why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> do you agree that is a provocative statement that i can't think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate and congress in which you said. >> in a speech on the floor of the senate you referred to israel's military campaign against the terrorist gro
and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the obama administration has agreed to show two congressional panels the stated legal rationale for assassinating u.s. citizens overseas. on thursday, the white house directed the justice department to release a controversial 2010 memo to the house and senate intelligence committees. the memo details the administration's legal justification for targeting the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki, who ultimately died in u.s. drone strike in yemen. the memo's release follows growing calls from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for access to the administration's guidelines for drone strikes and other attacks targeting u.s. citizens overseas. a bipartisan senate letter demanding the memos earlier this week had accused the white house of "practicing secret law." it also follows this week's leaking of a white memo that allows for the killing of americans through an expansive definition of what constitutes an imminent threat. at a news conference in washington, attorney general eric holder was asked what he is releasing the drone memos publicly after disclo
the american people. >> president obama took a rare question from the press in the oval office and said he is optimistic to cut off the massive indiscrim innocent spending cuts. >> i have also been clear that there is an alternative. which is for us to take the balanced approach i presented where we have more strategic cuts on programs we don't need. we close tax loopholes that are taken advantage of by well-off. >> more pessimistic tone coming from speaker boehner's office that today charged the president has been awol. other that phone calls to g.o.p. leaders yesterday and spokesman declared sound bites and speeches won't yield results. while the con seventive group crossroad gps launched a new ad today mocking the apocalyptic tone from the president. >> are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs, teachers laid off? air traffic controllers and airport security will be a hardship, scram to believe find child care for their kids. >> the sequester was obama's idea in the first place. he signed it in law. >> it seems like every three months around here, there is a man
to elect a new pope will be held by the end of march. president obama reportedly is preparing to announce new reductions to the country's arsenal of nuclear weapons. in his state of the union address tuesday night, obama is expected to announce plans to cut the number of deployed warheads to just over 1000. one-third reduction from the current number of around 1700. a former l.a. police officer accused of killing three people after posting a revenge and a faster online remains on the loose in california. on friday, the lapd announced it would reopen a probe into the incident that caused the former officer, christopher dorner, to lose his job. dorner was fired in 2008 for making false statements after he complained his training officer had kicked a mentally ill suspect during an arrest. in a statement announcing the new investigation, the lapd to said it would be reexamined. at a news conference, commander smith said the police department is not seeking to appease dorner, but encouraging transparency. >> we're not opening it up because of the accusations or the musings of someone who is a
has been in a unique position, answering for techniques used in the bush war on terror and obama insider on the use of drones to kill terrorists, a hearing that got off to a bumpy start. >> they won't tell congress what country we are killing children -- >> please. >> john brennan's confirmation hearing was interrupted five times by code pink protesters before the room was cleared. brennan has taken heat from liberals as architect of the obama drone program and its kill list. today he told lawmakers killing terrorists is not ideal. >> i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible so we can illicit the intelligence from them in the appropriate manner so that we can disrupt terrorist attacks. >> since closing gitmo has been a obama priority. they've done more killing than capturing. they tried to calm the outrage by agreeing to show members of the intelligence committees the justice department's memo justifying targeted killings with drones. but today white house press secretary jay carney said there are no plan
. i was there in the whiter house briefing room yesterday when president obama came out and called on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary at state from the state department and then later this evening, he is speaking at the house democr
lady michelle obama was on hand via satellite from the diplomatic room at the white house to give the presentation. white house photographer pete souza tweeted thought photo and the first lady is giving the honor. she sent a statement that in part read she's a movie lover and was honored to celebrate the artists who inspire us and our children. the first lady will join her husband and vice president and dr. jill biden in speaking today to the national governor's association in the state dining room. mrs. obama is going to ask that the governors work with her to help make it easier for returning veterans to transfer into civilian life. she wants states to pass laws or enact proposals that will help them get professional credentials or licenses without having to relearn or go through the motions of relearning the skill sets they already know. and that way they will be licensed for credentialed for civilian life. president obama discussed the collection of bipartisan governors from across the country last night. he asked for smart, common sense solutions to the challenges ahead in cr
the planet so in obama's mind it's not a big deal. the more our economy fails, the better for our shrinking country in terms of the carbon footprint. >> i was a little lost with the tortoise and termites. >> i love animals. >> but you make a point. that's what the left argues, they say spend money, is no matter what, as long as you spend it. >> bob, as long as we're spending it on an alien invasion, it would be economically stimulative. >> i'm having a problem with the tortoise and termites. >> tortoise eats the termites. a shrinking economy solves global warming. >> we'll take that to the bank. >> that's a theory. >> all over the place. >> all right. i read it on the web. >> the budget deficit will be below a trillion dollars. this year. a trillion two last year, down to $835 billion. it also calls for unemployment to fall to 5% in the years 14 to 18. so i'm not sure it is the normal you're talking about. and there is economic growth in a lot of sectors and keep in mind, the last three years millions of jobs have been created. >> oh my gosh. first of all, blame george w. bush if you want b
, for every 12, 2013. president obama traveled -- will travel down pennsylvania avenue tonight to the u.s. capitol building to deliver the first state of the union address of his second term at 9:00 eastern. c-span coverage begins at 8:00 tonight. we would like to hear from you this morning. how much reducing state of the union addresses matter? here are the numbers to call -- be it can also find us online. john the conversation -- -- join the conversation. the front page of "politico's website -- we will talk about lobbying later on this morning. first, let's look at the five stings it says to watch the president obama address tonight. , do you think state of the union addresses matter? that's our question for you. on facebook we have a poll where you can weigh in. the washington post says the impact of annual addresses does not intend to be long-lasting. what do you stinkpot? jim in therapy -- what do you think? jim in fairfax station. caller: no, they don't matter. it's an opportunity to look at what is said in a state of the union and move forward a year after it and assess what was
>>> let me finish tonight with this. the obama administration has found a way to offer birth control to women who want it without infringing on religious belief. it's a victory for the president and roman catholics. how do we ensure that religious organizations are not forced to pay for it? allow employees of religious institutions access to stand alone coverage for birth control from a third party. covering the costs with small offsets have to take parts or they will put their policies on sale. the key here is it gets around a pair of goals that were in don flikt. regular use of birth control is one that works. the other goal is to protect religions from doing something they believe is morally wrong. my own belief is that the solution the obama administration reached here is win/win. i say this to someone who believes in the clinton case, that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. getting birth control to women for free will keep it rare. to keep the catholic church out of that transaction keeps it closer to the goal. this is what good, smart, progressive, morally upright
," everyone, i'm megyn kelly. president obama will speak in moments at newport news ship building in virginia. he's expected to warn about coming job losses if congress doesn't do something to head off the budget plan that kicks in the end of the week, the one that he agreed to, one that the republicans agreed to. both sides were in on it and now, they're like, oh, how did we get here? back in washington republicans are pointing out the president could have saved money by staying at home instead of going on the road to bring the message. the cost for air force one to fly to and from virginia is 180,000 an hour and you thought your air fare was expensive and you have to add in additional costs that include backup aircraft and food and incidentals when the president travels and nothing new. and as of all of that, the travel, 120 miles from andrews air force base to newport news, virginia and the g.o.p. is making a point, saying the distance from the white house to capitol hill is just 2.8 miles and he could use a walking stick. chris stirewalt host of power play on foxnews.com live. it's cheape
this is not the consolatory obama that came in january 2011 with that need that he knew he was chasing. that he was going to have to work together with the republicans. a somewhat toned down barack obama from the 2012 state of the union trying to talk to the voters, set the tone for the campaign. he wanted to deliver this. hey, guys, we have to do some of these votes. i wonder, they have a lot of what i would call very well pull tests. the issue that they hit on on education and the economy in particular, things like universal prepaid, raising the minimum wage, these are tangible items that average, middle-class families listening to this , speech. i have a feeling that could resonate very well. they accomplish what they wanted to do, which is talk about the economy in simpler terms over the head of washington. >> chuck todd, thank you for joining us. >> all right. >> joining us from san antonio, texas, the mayor of san antonio. mayor castro, thank you for joining us. >> let me ask you about the word comprehensive. we have all been if through watching the attempt by the government to reform immigration
the show from president obama at the national prayer breakfast in washington. blasting the president's agenda, right in front of him. it's caught a lot of people's attention. ladies and gentlemen, dr. benjamin carson. >> the p.c. police are out in force at all times. we have reached a point where people are afraid to actually talk about what they want to say. our deficit is a big problem. what about our taxation system? when i pick up my bible, you know what i see? i see the fairest individual in the universe, god, he's given us this system. hoosr it's called time. >> he didn't stop there. carson is the head of neurosurgery at johns hopkins. listen to obamacare. >> here's my solution. when a person is born, give them a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account, to which money can be contributed pre-tax from the time you are born to the time you die. when you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you are 85 years old, you got 6 diseases, you are not trying to spend up everything, you are happy to pass it on and nobody's talking
. >> with president obama and the aide on defense whether they exaggerated impact on education and other issues -- >> i am not personally in contact with individual school districts. >> the president went before business leaders last night. >> we heard from a number of experts and economists that this is not a cliff. but it's a tumble downward. >> appeared to ratchet down expectations of disaster. >> it's conceivable in the first week, two weeks, first three weeks, the first month a lot of people may not notice the full impact of the sequester. >> this will be a rolling impact, effect that will build and build and build. >> that building continued with attorney general eric holder telling abc news sequester will disrupt law enforcement mission and endanger u.s. security. as the government accountability office revealed scathing report from fiscal year 2007 through 20121, the justice department wasted $11 $11.4 million flying department executives around the country on non-mission using the gulf stream jets. they had other dire warnings from the cabinet. >> i don't think we can maintain the same
not been released. >>> president obama is expected to push for stricter laws on guns. fearful of looming gun control measures thousands today packed a gun show. joins us live to tell us some of the trends at this event. ali. >> organizers say attendance was doubled what it was last year with 4000 people coming through the front entrance and it was items like this, all types of ammunition. >> would you like to sign up for the nra. >> told us they signed up about 200 new members this weekend as people walked into the code of the west gun show. they attribute to the debate on gun control. >> the obama administration and they are pushing for gun laws and then the california state legislature has a massive amount of gun laws. >> tom coal today said an outright ban on assault weapons isn't likely to pass the senate. >> i don't think they are. >> but some gun owners worry about changes at the state level. last week california democrats unveiled gun control bills. gun owners say that idea is driving up prices. >> 500 rounds, right? >> and how much did this cost you? >> $500. >> is that more expe
'll take a fair and balanced look at it coming up. also new developments today with president obama's health care law. as questions come up about a company that has been awarded a 340 million dollar loan to set up these health insurance exchanges. despite having a history of consumer and regulatory complaints, i mean, lots of complaints, now, the house oversight committee started asking questions about the company and how exactly it got selected to participate in obamacare, given its checkered history. and that committee just told us within the hour, that it is now getting some responses to its inquirienquiries, we're not, but stu varney is on the fox business network and he's up to speed. so, stu, it just so happens that this company we're talking about, that's going to help, you know, we talk about the exchanges under obamacare and i refer to it like the expedia.com, you go online and say, this is how old i am, my medical history. what are my options? they say you can have this plan and this plan and under obamacare, the government is creating these supposedly nonprofit entities t
that kind e-mail. "morning joe" begins right now. >>> our president, barack obama, took day or two off to go play golf in florida. i don't care, fine, go play golf, i don't care. played with a guy named tiger woods. this is our president playing golf this weekend. what do you think? >> i thought it was funny. >> good morning, everyone. it is tuesday, february 19th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> hey, mark halperin, how you doing? >> national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and msnbc political analyst, john heilemann. in nashville, we have -- >> look at that! >> pulitzer prize winning historian and author, jon meach meacham. >> it's dark down there. >> it is dark. >> shall we get right to the news? >> let's do it. >> there's a piece on rattner. >> sorkin, andrew sorkin. like aenaen -- an insider newsletter. >> none of us are quoted. >> i'm so tired of being an outsider, raging against the news. >> can we do news? >> yes, we can. >> msnbc news "morning joe." >> i ghosted this, man. >> let's move in.
was listening to president obama call for gun control, she had no way of knowing that in a matter of only a few hours, her family would become the latest in chicago to be ripped apart by a gunshot. her 18-year-old sister was shot and killed while walking with friends, one of whom may have been the intended target. cnn's ted rowlands has moran the story. he's joining us now. what are you finding out, ted? >> reporter: well, wolf, it is just another tragic story coming out of chicago. another teenager loses her life. as you mention, a 14-year-old girl who was up on stage with the president, listening to him talk about gun violence, would soon find out that her sister was also shot and killed. when president obama returned to chicago last week to talk about gun violence, 14-year-old destiny warren was one of the high school students standing behind him. a few hours later, destiny's 18-year-old sister was shot and killed in this alley in north chicago. >> all this gun violence that's going on out here, you never think it will be your child. this is the hardest thing for me in my life. >> reporter:
as our economy continues to struggle. gdp in the first quarter, .1%. president obama warning that the automatic spending cuts would hurt the recovery in the economy. why is the dow surging? stuart varney, anchor of "varney & company", fox business network. why, stuart? >> that is very, very simple, bill. because ben bernanke said twice this week he will keep on printing money. by the billions. by the tens of billions. that means some of that money will find its way to wall street. so the stock market rallied. the dow is up 300 points in the last two days. it is just 89 points away from its all-time record high. there is one more point to be made here, bill. do we got that report of really miserable growth in the last part of last year. that will encourage ben to print some more money. if the economy is so weak, well, print even more. that is the thinking. that is why the market is up so far. could hit a record today. bill: about 100 points away, right? >> 89 points away from the all-time high, yeah. bill: closing in on an all-time high. we'll get the song if we get there, on
with the president and his team and president obama said specifically in a debate with mitt romney that the republicans came up with this. woodward came out and said, that's absolutely false. when i was researching my book, my book months ago, all access pass to the white house, it was confirmed by many sources that this is the white house's brainchild. and now, jay carney, white house spokesman admitted that-- despite at that reporting the administration continues the charge against woodward. and issued dire warnings that the toll that all of this sequestration as its known will take on our economy and blaming the republicans every step of the way. they voted for it, too, by the way. yesterday, bob woodward again called the president's decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier due to the so-called cuts, a kind of madness. this is woodward criticizing the white house again. hours later, more fuel on the fire when mr. woodward accused of white house of threatening him for challenging the president's version of events. here he is on cnn. >> well, they're not happy at all and some pe
sides of the beyoncÉ issue. not since michelle obama's bangs has there been -- >> stephanie: what is it? >> i think he liked it. i had some problems with it. we'll have to talk about it. >> stephanie: you'll join us after the -- do the news. call us! >> call us! >> good morning everybody. president obama heading to minneapolis today where he's going to meet with local law enforcement officials and leaders to discuss his gun safety proposals and also talk about the measures that cities have already taken to curb gun violence. afterwards, he will give public remarks where he may discuss the latest tragedy the shooting death of chris kyle. a former member of a seal team three, also known as american's deadlyist sniper. kyle volunteered his time helping veterans deal with post-traumatic stress. police arrested 25-year-old eddie ray ralph a many rear -- a marine forallegedly shooting a neighbor at a gun range. they suspect ralph was suffering from some sort of mental illness. >>> approving mental health -- improving meant ath health services is one aspect of gun safety on the table. another
to president obama's state of the union address. mr. obama using his speech last night to express for more government spending, sweeping gun control measures and immigration reform. let's talk about it with karl rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to george w. bush, also a fox news contributor. karl, we heard the president talk about a lot of programs that he wants, things liken no sraeugs centers for american manufacturing, that kind of thing. but he says all of this will not add one time to the dead ral deficit. do you buy that? >> no, i don't. you know it was interesting the president did talk many numbers in his speech and the white house briefing sheets on this didn't have much in the way of information. there are three numbers, the president's infrastructure program is $50 billion, his project rebuild, that is to rehabilitate or tphol i shall a hundred thousand vacant or damaged buildings. 15billion. a billion for manufacturing centers. look at the rest of these things to which no price tag was attached in the speech or in the white house briefing papers. subsidies,
and the white house work out a deal to stop the highly controversial sequester. many including president obama say if the sequester goes through will spell disaster from the national defense and food safety and affect everything from the teacher tots air traffic controllerings. others say the cuts might be just what the country needs. molly is joining us with more. >> it appears each side is digging in. there are overt sign there are deal. president obama said today that there is it time for congress to come to a deal that he would sign provided that it incluppeds more tax increases to go along with the spending cuts. >> they can pass a balanced plan for deficit reduction and cut spending in a smart way and cloyce loop holes for the well and it appears unfortunately that republicans in congress instead of compromising and instead of asking . wilthiest americans they want the cut to fall squarely on the class - middle class. >> the gingof this year - beginning of year they allowed the cuts. the gop said no more tax hikings but will make a deal on spending cuts. >> house republicans passed two b
. president obama shifting focus back to the economy after encouraging economic news friday. >> home prices are starting to climb again and car sales at a five-year high. manufacturing is roaring back. the business created 2.2 million jobs last year and our economy created more jobs than econom t economists originally thought. >> jones industrial average closed about 14,000 on friday, the highest since 2007. the los angeles mayor has put an end to speculation that he will be joining the obama cabinet. there is talk he might be transportation secretary. he said he will finish out his term as mayor. in massachusetts, former senator scott brown said he will not be running for the senate seat vacated by john kerry, but there is speculation that brown could have his eye on the governor's seat when patrick steps down in 2014. we will take you to boston to big deeper into that story later in the show. a whole lot to get to first. vice president biden is in germany and talking international security with diplomats from around the globe. in his speech earlier he called the president a tyrant and sa
leave act with the national >> four years ago resident obama traveled to indiana to sell his economic stimulus plan. we are asking for you to give us your view. welcome to this addition of the washington journal. we want to know from you what is your view of the economic recovery the president talked about four years ago. here are the numbers -- you can also reach out to us via social media. the address is on the screen. for twitter, the address is cspanwj. pan.book.com/c-spas or you can e-mail journal@c- span.org. we begin by talking about the speech that the president made four years ago in elkhart, indiana. it is part of the nbc news elkhart project. we will talk more about that. we want to talk to you about your view of the economic recovery. our first call comes from randy and new hampshire on our line for independence. caller: how are you guys this morning? things are going downhill fast. we are in this huge crisis. the recession is going on and on. we are lucky that we are not in worse shape in a severe depression. the banks keep doing business. things need to change fast. host
exchange with a senior obama administration official who didn't like what he was reporting. today we learned that that official is gene sperling and we're getting some new insight into that exchange as white house officials are going out of their way to say it's all part of a big misunderstanding. let's bring in our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. she's been doing some digging, reporting on what's going on. what's the latest, jessica? >> reporter: book woodward and gene sperling had a phone call first and then an e-mail exchange. bob woodward said he felt it was threatening and the white house is saying that is ridiculous and a seener adviser, david pluf, is sort of mocking bob wood ward sending out a tweet comparing him to an aging sports star. watching woodward the last few days is like watching mike schmidt facing live pitching again. perfection gained once is repeated. ouch. here's what the drama is all about. an intimidating threat or a friendly exchange between a reporter and a white house official? >> they are not happy at all. >> reporter: at issue, a spat ove
to hear what you think about president obama using executive orders to work around congress. here are the numbers to call. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also find us online. sadness a tweet at twitter.com/c-spanwj -- send us a tweet at twitter.com/c-spanwj. you can also e-mail us at journal@c-span.org. this story is from bloomberg news. host: looking at one of the executive orders that he assigned -- that he signed an tuesday, it relates to cyber security and cyber issues. the president issued an executive order designed to strengthen the cyber security of critical infrastructure last week, which some say could get the ball rolling for a renewed legislative push in congress. it contains some provisions of the bill in the sharing and protection act that failed past. the president is waging an endless campaign. president obama will never again be an election candidate, but for now he has "the look and sound of the man on the campaign trail." he met with a rally style event in decatur, ga.. it was preceded by a sim
in any number of ways. obama administration now predicting some difficult circumstances, transportation secretary ray lahood saying air traffic controllers could be cut causing flight delays and the secretary of education saying the nation's school children will suffer because of strained finances in the state. listen.... >> means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services they need as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs. >> reporter: meantime, plenty of political finger pointing. >> the reason there is no agreement is because there is no leadership from the president on actually recognizing what the problem is. >> why is it that we can't come to the table and agree what cuts need to happen? that is what we should be doing. we shouldn't be passing the blame to the executive branch or saying this is obama's sequester >> reporter: both sides are pessimistic about changes to the agreement. >> heather: with five days left, you can understand why. what are the nation's governors saying? >> they had a meeting over the wined and some went on the sunday talk shows to talk
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